Stray Cat Strut ⁠— A Young Lady's Journey to Becoming a Pop-Up Samurai

by RavensDagger

Original ONGOING Action Sci-fi Cyberpunk Female Lead GameLit LitRPG
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity

Waking up to the fact that you’re a one-armed, one-eyed orphan?
You get used to it.

Being sent to some museum with a bunch of brats because some heartless corporation wants pictures to convince middle-aged women that they truly care deep down inside?
Pretty lame, but that’s Tuesday for ya.

Seeing the sky tear open and the invasion alarms go off?
Pretty awful.

Getting superpowers from some all-knowing and terribly unhelpful aliens?
Not as awesome as you might think.


A cyberpunk magical-girl-ish alien invasion LitRPG. It’s exactly as wild as it sounds.

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BookMouse515
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Pretty good twist on the normal System plot, by an author whose already proven he has great writing skills. Can't recommend more.

todd
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Aw shit, here we go again

Reviewed at: Chapter Seven - Hummingbird

Well, this isn't what I expected to stumble over, but I have to admit I'm more than a little enthused about it. The setting is a distinctly cyberpunk future, with malware packed into even official programs and large corporations slapping their name on anything and everything for advertisements. Seven chapters in, and it's already a pretty significant departure from stories like Cinnamon Bun or Love Crafted, but it hits the ground running. The protagonist being a crippled orphan who picked up responsibility for the rest of the poor forgotten kids at the orphanage, and who's best friend cheerfully navigates around on crutches, builds an instant sense of misfit status and a (true to authorial form) oddly endearing little community. There's also a very immediate sense that even in a world with incredibly advanced technology, they've been swept under the rug and forgotten. Oh, and terrifying aliens are regularly falling out of the sky. That's an important factor too.

Honestly, there isn't too much material to directly review at this point, but if you take the time to read the first few chapters I doubt that you'll be disappointed. The protagonist falls right into the 'Jaded but good-hearted' box, without the slightest bit of manufactured tone, and it meshes with the cyberpunk setting perfectly. Not to mention, there's a single chapter with action, and it charges headfirst into desperate brutality. It's a bit of a leap from the innocent monstrosity of Love Crafted, or earnest effort of Cinnamon Bun, but like I've already said, perfect for the current setting.

So, this may rather early in the story's life cycle to write much of a review, but considering the quality of writing that RavensDagger has already put up on this website, I feel pretty confident in recommending the story off of nothing more than the currently posted chapters.

LimitNacho
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If you like any other RavensDagger works, stop reading reviews and just read the story! It has a great cast of characters and riveting action scenes right off the bat. Every chapter leaves me wanting to read more.

Cyberpunk action? Hell yeah!

Family-oriented mc kickin' alien ass.

themell
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I love the character and setting for this story. I hope the MC continues to be a cripple(lost eye and arm) and she has to find ways to overcome her limitations. Maybe have the AI give extra benefits for fighting with disabilities and how her disability emboldens other people to try harder.

 I remember another story where a wheelchair-bound cripple fixed his legs within the first 20 chapters. The story then devolved into a typical fight story and lost all of it's charm.

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LostAncilla
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Word count isn't too high so far but what's been put down sets up an intriguing powerset, primary conflict and sociopolitical setting. Cast seems faceted and reasonable so far - traumatized does not mean unreasonable, authoritarian does not mean inflexible, this sort of thing.

Great start!

Was.
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Phenomenal. Simply a Gem.

Reviewed at: Chapter Fourteen - Curiosity

RD has truly outdone himself once again. Out of all of his stories on this site, Stray Cat Strut pulls me in like I'm reading a New York Times Bestseller. I eagerly await more.

 

Now for the Devil, I mean the details. 

 

Style: This is by far the best cyberpunk genre story I've read in recent times.  It really pulls you into the world, the author's writing style is simply one of the best on this website.

 

Story: Stray Cat Strut is not only a novel with a phenomenal title, but the story is deeply interesting. It fulfills a need for classic Cyberpunk while doing something new to it with the inclusion of a System and a terrifying Alien Invasion. The story could easily be more Grimdark, and I for one am glad it is not. It balances the darkness, humor, and inherent funness of a Cyberpunk world and a System story very well. I am excited for the future of this story!

 

Grammar: As always, the grammar is impeccable and never feels out of place or despite the low amount of chapters, out of character. Spelling mistakes are basically nonexistent and the flow of the story and structure of sentences and paragraphs is top tier, equivalent or better than many hit physical books.

 

Character: The Characters feel real. We may be early in the story, but I feel like I already know the characters well enough to predict future actions of theirs. They read like a familiar friend who you know well but haven't seen in awhile. Simply just great. 

 

I look forward to future chapters in this series more than any other novel by the author or currently on the website at time of writing.

Project503
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If Cyberpunk and a system novel had a child you'd get this masterpiece. Except CDPR made it everything Pay to win. Not even 11ch in and I love it. 

Helixical
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Dude needs some help editing. A single scene can be multiple chapter, and that makes the story feel choppy and unsatisfying to read.

furball tiger
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fun new start from a good author

Reviewed at: Chapter Fourteen - Curiosity

This is pretty fun so far. The author also has a looong lite LitRPG saga that's decent, a lite fantasy with some RPG elements, and some very, very good contemporary romance novels (on other sites so far as they're not PG) that are also worth a look. She has a ton of stuff in progess at once, so updates seem semi-random but frequent. Editing, characters, pacing, etc are all consistently good, and she works in a range of genres, it's mostly a matter of if you like what she's writing at the moment or not. Oh, and it's very much worth patreoning her to get access to a bunch more of her work (not all, afaik, but a ton of good stuff) as it includes more than the RR stories.

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Reviewed at: Chapter Eleven - Like Santa, but With Guns

I'm not usually a fan of cyberpunk-esque stories,  but there's something about this one.

Well written,  great style,  few to no errors,  still too early for better info on the characters,  but seems solid,  if a little but cliche.

Love the offhand criticism on privacy and invasive advertisements, as well as terms and conditions for everything.

My biggest issue with this story is quite simple:  there's not enough of it.

Ravens, do us a favor and stop wafting time sleeping,  your story needs you.

P.s.: it's a joke,  take care of yourself.